Tuesday is election day in the runoff of the special election for mayor of Monticello. The June 24 special election was too close to call, with neither Joe Rogers or Zack Tucker winning decisively in the five-man race and forcing a runoff election.
Rogers, a Monticello businessman, is a former mayor of Monticello. He is an independent. Tucker, the current mayor’s assistant, is a Democrat.
In the June 24 election, Tucker carried wards two and four while Rogers, an independent, carried ward one. Tucker also edged Rogers by one vote in ward three and carried the early and absentee votes.
The runoff winner will complete the unexpired term of the late Allen Maxwell who died in office in March. The term ends on December 31, 2014.
Rogers and Tucker, along with independents Sonny Thornhill, Jo Ann Trotter and Dave Nugent, will also also appear on the November general election ballot for the upcoming 4-year term which begins on January 1, 2015.
Early voting for the runoff ends at 4:30 p.m. on Monday and election day voting runs from 7:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
So far, the number of voters voting early in the runoff has exceeded the number that voted early in the June 24 election.
At 1:30 p.m. Monday, 520 of the city’s registered voters had voted early. That’s about 100 more than had voted early during the same period in the June 24. The city has about 4,850 registered voters.